Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Alcohol Compliance Checks

  Last weekend, Saturday March 24th, 2012, Boise Police conducted alcohol enforcement and compliance checks across the city.

18 citations were issued for various violations.  Four minors 17-18 years of age conducted the compliance checks on 14 Boise businesses. Five of the businesses sold alchohol to minors. The minors, working with police, also conducted a shoulder tap where 3 different individuals purchased alcohol and provided it to them. 

Overall 8 subjects were cited for providing alcohol to a minor.  Out of those 8 violations, 5 of them were businesses and those will be forwarded to ABC.

The businesses who provided alcohol to minors were:

  Woody's Bar and Grill on Vista
  Jackson's at Fairview and Liberty
  Jackson's at Fairview and Mitchell
  Emerald Lanes at Emerald and Orchard
  Chevron at Curtis and Franklin 

Other citations for the operation included:

2-Underage drinking citations (one of them was 16 years old and was a .17 BAC
1-Drug paraphernalia (also a 16 year old minor)
6-Tobacco violations

1-Open container of alcohol

Penalties of providing alcohol to underage youth:

A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 and up to one year in jail.

    State Administrative Penalties for licensed establishments that sell alcohol to minors - maximums:
1st offense within three years - 10 day license suspension or $1,000.00 fine
2nd offense within three year - 30 day license suspension or 15 day suspension and $1,500.00 fine
3rd offense within three years - 180 day license suspension

 Dangers of underage drinking:

    "Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America's youth. Alcohol contributes to the three leading causes of death among 12-20-year-olds (unintentional injury, homicide and suicide). And research shows that those who start drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to have alcohol problems as adults than those who start drinking at age 21 or older."

    A recent study reveals that more than a quarter of youth aged 12-20 (27.6 percent) drank alcohol in the past month nationwide, and approximately 8.6 percent of past-month drinkers aged 12-20 purchased their own alcohol the last time they drank.

What can citizens do to help?

    Boise Police join Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is urging parents to talk to their kids about making smart choices and highlighting the dangers of drinking alcohol while their under 21.

    A MADD survey has found parents have a greater influence than many parents might think over the choices their children make. Boise Police encourage parents to take advantage of a helpful web site provided by MADD:*** to help identify ways parents and concerned adults can keep kids safe from the dangers of alcohol.

 Call Crime Stoppers:

    Boise Police encourage citizens who know of places who serve alcohol to minors, or of places who may be serving already intoxicated patrons to contact Crime Stoppers. Boise Police will follow up on citizen tips.

    You can contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

    Let's work together and keep our kids safe this spring break - and always!